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Screen time and children

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 15, 2016 10:50 AM

How much of the day do children spend viewing an electronic screen?  Amazingly, teens spend almost seven hours a day in front of an electronic screen.  And that doesn't even include screen time for school!  Take a look at the article Kids and Screen Time , posted on the nprED website.  ... read more...

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Katz, Stephen on January 15, 2016

2016 Newbery Awards

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 13, 2016 12:50 PM

Please click here to access a list of this year's Newbery Award winning books. read more...

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Katz, Stephen on January 13, 2016

2016 Caldecott Award

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 13, 2016 12:40 PM

Please click here to access a list of this year's Caldecott Award winning books. read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 13, 2016

The Relationship Between Computer Use & Learning

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Dec 16, 2015 08:22 AM

"On average, in the past 10 years, there has been no appreciable improvement in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that have invested heavily in information and communication technologies for education."  This quote comes from a report from an international org... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on December 16, 2015

Delaying Kindergarten Until Age 7

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Nov 16, 2015 09:58 AM

A new study shows that delaying the start of school has significant benefits.  According to the co-author of the study, Stanford Professor Thomas Dee: “We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11 and it ... read more...

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Katz, Stephen on November 16, 2015

Hyperactive Children Should Run, Not Sit

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Oct 28, 2015 02:42 PM

I just found this blog entry from last year, and I love the opening sentence: When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the child to run. Here's the link to the rest ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on October 28, 2015

Social Justice Issues in YA Literature

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Sep 30, 2015 08:06 AM

A librarian compiled a short list of suggested readings on a variety of social justice issues including homelessness, sexual identity, eating disorders, abuse, self discovery and mental disorders.  Here's the link to the compilation: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2015/09/28/diversify-ya-life-so... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on September 30, 2015

Let the Kids Learn through Play

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Sep 17, 2015 12:44 PM

Is early academic learning the way to go?  Does it improve one's academic skills in the long run?  Are the gains made in those subjected to early formal education significant?  The writer of a New York TImes article presents evidence that runs contrary to what many contemporary educators think.�.. read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on September 17, 2015

Children's Play & Didactic Instruction

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Aug 26, 2015 09:19 AM

This New York Times article explores the topics of early didactic instruction and play activities.  A psychologist at Cambridge University, David Whitebread, has studied children's play for many years.  He says that play is "essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to cont... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on August 26, 2015

Education's Erin Brockovich

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:31 AM

Some parents and educators feel that testing of children has become excessive.  More and more parents are choosing to have their children opt-out of state assessments.  This is an article about one Long Island parent and her role in the "Opt-Out" movement.  Here's the link to the article titled ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on August 12, 2015

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